Analysis Of Daniel Defoe 's Robinson Crusoe Essay

1214 Words Oct 17th, 2016 5 Pages
A dictator is someone that appoints themselves into a role of total power over a group of people. Dictators maintain their power by force through planting fear into the people that they have rule over. Dictators have a tendency to force their views on the people as well. In Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Crusoe presents himself as a generous and beneficent governor of the island that he is stranded on, when in reality he exercises a dictatorship rule by using might rather than right.
Throughout the novel, Crusoe places himself in authority over anyone, both animal and person, that comes onto the island. The first instance of claiming authority over someone is before he is on the island, and this is when he sells Xury, his slave, to the Portuguese captain. Crusoe did not have ownership of Xury, but this did not prevent him from selling him. Later in the novel Crusoe becomes stranded on an uninhabited island and appoints himself ruler over the island. The first time he refers to himself as a ruler is when he has power over the animals. It was simple for him to have power over the animals because they had no power over him, this is where his dictatorship began on the island. This is because he put himself in a position of power over them, at this point there was no one else to be placed in power. Later on in the novel, when people land on Crusoe’s island he automatically assumes that he owns them and no one questions his power. Crusoe says, “My island was now people and I…

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